Quiet rolling Hertfordshire countryside, a haunted, ruined church and long stretches in scenic river valleys.
|Length||25.7 km (16.0 miles)|
|Maps||OS Landranger Map: 166 (Luton & Hertford) and 167 (Chelmsford, only for a very tiny part) OS Explorer Map: 194 (Hertford & Bishop’s Stortford). St. Margarets Station, map reference TL 381117, is in East Hertfordshire, 6 km south east of Hertford, and 29m above sea level.|
|Toughness||5 out of 10|
This walk leads along ancient tracks and green lanes through some very quiet, rolling East Hertfordshire countryside defined by wheat fields and woods, in-between extensive stretches along the Ash, Rib and Lea rivers. Cold Christmas hamlet and a haunted, ruined church are passed just before lunch in Wadesmill.
Stile Count: 2; Arable Field Crossings: 330 metres.
A considerably shorter version with lunch in Wareside is possible.
|Transport||St. Margarets Station is on the Liverpool Street to Hertford East line (and within the Oyster Pay As You Go-area) with a half-hourly service, journey time 39 minutes (41 on weekdays). Trains stop at Tottenham Hale (connect from the Victoria Line). Buy a return to St. Margarets (Herts).
Saturday Walkers' Club: Take the train closest to 9.45 hours, if walking the full walk, and the one closest to 10.15 hours for the shortest version.
Shortcut I cuts out the outer loop of this walk to leave an hourglass-shaped walk of 19.5 km (12.2 mi), while also cutting ascent/descent by 66m, this is rated 3/10.
The Jolly Fisherman 8 Station Road, Stanstead St. Margarets, Ware, Herts, SG12 8DH (01920 870 125). Open Mon-Sat 11.00-23.00, Sun 12.00-22.30. Food served Mon-Sat 12.00-21.30 and Sun 12.00-20.30. A McMullen’s pub with outdoor seating by the Lea Navigation.
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Out (not a train station)
Back (not a train station)
National Rail: 03457 48 49 50 • Travelline SE (bus times): 0871 200 2233 (12p/min) • TFL (London) : 0343 222 1234
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